Payroll Processor Salary

Payroll Processors in the United States take home approximately $15.83 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.65 per hour and $20.48. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Payroll Processors (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Payroll Processors is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,518 - $49,649

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$11.65 - $20.48

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,518 - $49,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,560  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,485 - $47,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $20.48  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $30.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,560  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,485 - $47,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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Payroll Processors who go on to become Senior Payroll Processors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Payroll Processors is $46K annually.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Survey results suggest that Payroll Processors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Payroll Processors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $33K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $35K. Payroll Processors bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Payroll Processors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $42K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 16%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 13%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 27%
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